Bob Moses On Bob Moses

Between a rising debut album and near-incessant touring, Canadian dance music duo Bob Moses has made a name for itself, catching a lot of people’s ears in the process, including those of, well, Bob Moses, executive director of the Audio Engineering Society.
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Between a rising debut album and near-incessant touring, Canadian dance music duo Bob Moses has made a name for itself, catching a lot of people’s ears in the process, including those of, well, Bob Moses, executive director of the Audio Engineering Society.

Based in Vancouver, Tom Howie and Jimmy Vallance first formed Bob Moses in Brooklyn back in 2012 and, following a string of single and EP releases, recently issued their first album, Days Gone By, on Domino Records.

So when we caught up with the AES’s Bob Moses at the recent Audio Engineering Society Convention in New York, one of our first questions naturally was “Hey, did you hear about this dance act with your name?”

“Yeah!” said Moses. “I’ve been listening to them and they’re actually a grooving band. I’m not high-profile or famous, so I was wondering why the hell would someone name their band Bob Moses? It’s such a stupid name, so what's that about? Turns out one guy goes by Bob and the other goes by Moses.”

It’s true. The duo’s first gig was a Halloween party during Hurricane Sandy in 2012; one wore a Moses costume and the other sported a t-shirt emblazoned with kiddie TV character Bob The Builder; inevitable nicknames were awarded almost immediately.

Bob Moses the executive director digs Bob Moses the duo, but you can make up your own mind about the act with its latest single, “Tearing Me Up,” which combines the vibe of slinkier, late-1970s Steely Dan with a chorus straight out of Chris Isaak’s classic “Wicked Game.” (Warning: video is NSFW)